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Marple Local History Society Meetings

Meetings

The Society generally meets on the third Monday of the month from September to April, apart from December. the meeting is then  held on the second Monday of the month.

Doors open 7:15pm ready for the meeting at 7:45. Access is via the main entrance on Church Lane (opposite Mount Drive) and the meetings will be held in the church itself on the ground floor.

The church includes a hearing aid loop system which is most effective for people sitting near the side walls and in the rear pews of the church.

Venue and Location

The meetings take place in Marple Methodist Church on Church Lane in Marple.  Postcode: SK6 7AY

Visitors are welcome to attend at a cost of £3. But look below for details of our Membership bargains!

Subscriptions

The annual subscription for the Society is £10 for 8 meetings,so there's a bargain you can take up !

This also allows participation in the Society's trips.

Membership is available at all meetings.

Use the menus on the right to browse our past and present meeting topics.

To park near to Marple Methodist Church

There are double yellow lines immediately outside the church, but there is limited on street parking further up Church Lane on the right hand side, down Empress Avenue and on Mount Drive.

There is a large car park, Chadwick Street Car Park, (SK6 6BY) between Trinity Street  and Chadwick Street, Marple. Access is from Stockport Road onto Trinity Street and from Church Lane onto Chadwick Street, exit is made via Trinity Street, in the direction of Church Lane. It is a pay and display car park, however, at the time of writing, October 2014, parking is free after 6pm.

The location of the Methodist Church  on Church Lane (red marker) is shown on the map below and you can enter your postcode to get directions there, or to the car park Chadwick Street) nearby (blue marker):

 

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Arts & Crafts in the Marple Area

Edgar Woods Arts & CraftDarker evenings beckon as we slide into October. On the 16th, Barrie & Wendy Armstrong will visit the society and present a talk on 'Arts & Crafts in the Marple Area.' The Armstrongs have combed the landscape for buildings displaying or incorporating designs from the Arts & Crafts, and published several books.

The arts and crafts movement was made up of English designers and writers who wanted a return to well-made, handcrafted goods instead of mass-produced, poor quality machine-made items.

A movement of ideals. The Movement took its name from the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, founded in 1887, but it encompassed a very wide range of like-minded societies, workshops and manufacturers. It advocated the reform of art at every level and across a broad social spectrum, and it turned the home into a work of art. Visually, the style has much in common with its contemporary art nouveau and it played a role in the founding of Bauhaus and modernism.

18th September: Peter Wadsworth – ‘Strawberry Studios’

Strawberry StudiosThe opening track of the album 'The Season 17-18' will be played by Dr. Peter Wadsworth - ‘Strawberry Studios’. Throughout the world the musical legacy of Manchester is famous. Perhaps less well known is the important part that Stockport played. Opened in 1967 in a 20 foot square room over a record shop, the recording studio, established itself as a premium recording spot after being taken over by Eric Stewart and Peter Tattersall. The facility offered technical opulence not seen in the north before. A recording studio that welcomed Sir Paul McCartney, The Stone Roses, Neil Sedaka, 10cc, Joy Division, and The Smiths through its doors.

 

Peter will be using both sound and vision to reveal this modern industrial history, the music industry of the hat town, Stockport.

Please note, all 8 tracks, of 'Season 17-18', will be revealed at our monthly meetings from September to April. All tracks are played live, and are not available in any other formats. Should you come along to the September meeting, then all eight live performances may be booked for just £10, this £10 incudes access to the Society trips, and even the post meeting refreshments! A bargain that is sure to please.

Doors open 7:15pm ready for the meeting at 7:45. The meetings take place in Marple Methodist Church on Church Lane in Marple.  Postcode: SK6 7AY

At a glance: Speakers for the 2017 - 18 Season

Edgar Wood

18th September: Peter Wadsworth – ‘Strawberry Studios’

16th October: Barrie & Wendy Armstrong - ‘Arts & Crafts of the Area’

20th November: Judith Wilshaw – ‘Marple & Mellor - A Textile Tale’

11th December: Anne Beswick - ‘Manchester ‘Drunk & Sober’’

15th January: Ian Miller - ‘Arkwrights Shudehill Mill’

19th February: Neil Mullineux – ‘A Mayor in Chains’

 

19th March: Sue Bailey – ‘Woodsmoor, The Story’

16th April: David Joy – ‘Liverpool Cowkeepers - A Family History’

Summer Walks 2017

MelandraAfter last year’s successful launch...back by popular request


Three Summer Monday Evening Strolls


15 May 2017 All Saints Churchyard with Hilary Atkinson
19 June 2017 Melandra and Glossop with Neil Mullineux
17 July 2017 Bugsworth Basin with Ian Edgar and Judith Wilshaw


£3 per head per walk payable on the evening

Read more: Summer Walks 2017

10th April 2017: 'The Goyt Valley Miner' - Kevin Dranfield

For the grand finale to our season of talks, we welcomed Kevin Dranfield to talk about coal mining in the Goyt valley. This was not a general, analytical talk but a very personal one. The mine had been worked by four generations of the Hewitt family and Kevin’s mother, Phyllis, was the eldest daughter of the last of these miners - Jack Hewitt.

Read more: 10th April 2017: 'The Goyt Valley Miner' - Kevin Dranfield